Hall and Oates goes rap.


DEDOE Teacher Leader Ruszkowksi calls prinicpals out for lacking “will” to attack teachers’ “skill”

listen for yourself: http://www.wdde.org/52890-teacher-react-evaluation-system?media=audio&file=http://www.wdde.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/teachereval.mp3


Principals must love drivel like this coming from TNTP dropouts wasting away in the bureaucratic morass of the Delaware DOE.

One Image Says It All


One Image Says It All

From the Maryland State Educational Association; when they did a state survey across the counties of Maryland, they asked teachers… In one word, describe Common Core…..

This is probably the most totally honest assessment, (since obviously follow-up to fire you would be impossible), that we have on the damage Common Core is doing.

Even those supportive of Common Core, must face the fact that if they accept the myth that our teachers are not effective, forcing them to teach less because of extra busy work not related to teaching is going to make things worse, not better.

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Is Common Core Illegal? Did Duncan Break the Law?

Diane Ravitch's blog

When I worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the early 1990s, I was frequently reminded by colleagues and counsel that the Department was forbidden by law from interfering into what was taught in the schools. When the Department made grants to professional groups of teachers and scholars to create “voluntary national standards,” I made a point of never interfering in their work. I extolled the value of having standards that states, districts, and schools might find useful but made clear that the decision to use or not to use the standards was strictly voluntary. There was no thought that the Department could advocate for the standards or use money to bribe states to adopt them. That would have been illegal.

This is what the law says:

Public Law 103-33, General Education Provisions Act, sec 432,reads as follows:
“No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize…

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More NY School Districts Withdraw from Race to Top

Diane Ravitch's blog

The number of suburban districts in New York State dropping out of the state’s Race to the Top program continues to grow, largely because of parent concern about the data-mining of their children’s private records. These districts received relatively small amounts of money in exchange for accepting many mandates.

This article sums up the current situation:

Twenty-eight school districts in the Lower Hudson Valley have dropped out of the Race to the Top program in recent weeks, largely due to state plans to share student records with a privately run database, a survey has found.

Four more districts will consider the move within a week, and several others may do so in time.

The Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents surveyed 76 districts, including special act districts, in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Of the 53 districts that responded, more than half have pulled out of Race to…

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